Christmas comes early for Moree, Warialda shows with federal funding

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (right) with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and 2019 Moree Showgirl Emily Ryan and runner-up Emily Cosgrove. Photo: supplied
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (right) with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and 2019 Moree Showgirl Emily Ryan and runner-up Emily Cosgrove. Photo: supplied

Moree and Warialda show societies will be able to look to next year's shows with optimism, with both receiving federal government funding.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has announced that Warialda Pastoral and Agricultural Association is set to receive $8,624.99, while Moree Show Society will pocket $8,380.61 to help ease cash-flow pressures.

They are two of the many agricultural show societies in the Parkes electorate that will share in more than $212,000 of federal government funding under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program, after having to cancel their events this year due to COVID-19.

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Mr Coulton said while rural and regional communities have combated COVID-19 with tenacity, the virus had taken its toll on agricultural events in his electorate.

"I'm so pleased that the first payments will roll out to 17 show societies across the electorate before Christmas," he said.

"The show societies set to benefit range from Warialda in the north, Condobolin in the south and Nyngan to the west, and includes regional shows such as Dubbo - all with fantastic local committees that are incredibly dedicated to their local show and community.

"This funding will help to cover costs such as rates, utilities, insurance and telecommunications, which will go a long way towards ensuring next year we can bounce back bigger and better.

"The government is keen to ensure show societies and field day organisers are in the best shape possible to continue in 2021. These events bring our families and farmers together, and provide a huge economic spin-off for rural communities.

"Next year is looking so much brighter and I know this support will be fantastic boost for our show volunteers and the local community."